green manure


Definition of green manure

: an herbaceous crop (such as clover) plowed under while green to enrich the soil

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Examples of green manure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Winter rye, vetch and clovers, sown now, are green manures that will crowd out winter weeds. Washington Post, "Whether or not Roundup is safe, the gardener has better options," 18 Sep. 2019 Another approach is to plant cover crops, sometimes called green manures, during periods between crops. Washington Post, "Heavy rains can damage a vegetable garden — but the gardener can protect it," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of green manure

1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Green manure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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